Thursday, March 21, 2013

Performance: Professional Cardstacking

Bryan Berg is a trained architect who now builds houses of cards professionally. Introduced to card-stacking by his grandfather at the age of 8, Berg is now the only known person to make a living building freestanding structures with playing cards. There's no tape or glue involved in his work, but some of his structures have been proven to support as much as 660 pounds per square foot.  The photo above was taken in London, England in February at the "Seven Day Build."

Berg creates his houses of cards for corporate special events and public relations campaigns. His work has been featured at Walt Disney World and in children's museums around the world.  His work was also featured in a music video by The Bravery, in which he plays a lonely man who builds a world out of cards.

In 2004, Guinness created a record category for World’s Largest House of Freestanding Playing Cards to recognize a replica of Cinderella’s Castle Berg built for Walt Disney World.  In 2010, he beat his own record by re-creating the Venetian Macao from over 218,000 cards. The model is now on display at the heart of Macau’s Cotai Strip.


Cardstacker Bryan Berg

Cardstacker Bryan Berg   Cardstacker Bryan Berg

Cardstacker Bryan Berg

"This month, we talk to Bryan Berg on his first visit to London for his most recent project. He currently holds the record for the largest playing card structure (10.39 m (34 ft 1.05 in) long, 2.88 m (9 ft 5.39 in) tall and 3.54 m [11 ft 7.37 in] wide), and the tallest house of cards (7.86 m [25 feet 9 7/16 inches]).

Since 1992 he has broken his own records 8 times."

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